As the name suggests, it sells just about every type of nut you can think of (except maybe the ones at Homebase). They come raw, salted, spiced, or glazed in honey (hmm...honey). For the adventurous, you can also have them flavoured with wasabi, but it is pretty strong stuff.
As well as nuts, there are number of different bombay mixes to try, but my main reason for going is for their assortment of dried fruit. There are the regulars, such as apple and pineapple rings, mango strips, prunes, and a variety of sultanas and raisins, but they also have several others that are harder to find elsewhere: goji berries (for health fanatics), dried strawberries (these are really yummy), papaya sticks (for those with a sweet tooth), and peach and mandarin halves.
My absolute favourites are the dried figs (they have three different types), and the dates (deri and medjool). If you haven't tried medjool dates, you don't know what you're missing. They have the taste and morishness of regular dates times ten, and are really moist.
Most of what The Nut Tree sells is very healthy. They have a handbook you can read, explaining all the health benefits of their products. It is hanging from a string to browse at your leisure, but admittedly, it is rather inconveniently placed between the baskets, where you'll end up getting in the way of other customers.
If you are looking for a treat, then look no further than their Turkish Delight: rose, strawberry, lemon, pistachio, coconut, etc, and their baklavas, and yoghurt coated snacks. I'd never heard of yoghurt coated pineapple before going to The Nut Tree.
Occasionally, when I visit, I'll get excited to see a basket labelled 'new'. Recent additions to their stocks are sun dried bananas, and yoghurt coated cinnamon apples.
It's bizarre, but the only other only other place The Nut Tree is situated is Japan. Talk about a mismatch.
It is a self-service system, where you scoop what you want into paper bags, but if if you are in a rush, then there are already pre-packed goods, and a number of nicely presented boxed items which would make the perfect 'congratulations' or 'thank you' gifts.
If you spend more than £2 on a visit, then you get a loyalty card stamped. Eight stamps and you get a 100g free. This is a pretty good deal because instead of just taking the price off the cheapest item, you get to choose the 100g you get free. I always go for the dried strawberries because they are the most expensive item, but also one of the lightest products in terms of weight.
The staff are really friendly, and always help pack my bags. They told me that I am their best customer, so they often give me extra stamps or more than a 100g free. The only bad experience I have had there was when a new staff member had not yet learnt the prices. Although she was trying hard to get it right, she accidentally overcharged me. All other times it has been a pleasure shopping there, and the only problem I ever have is a bad back when I get home because I bought so much.